Collin Sexton has announced his top ten list of schools.
Sexton, who was the subject of a feature story from NBCSports.com last week, has emerged as the biggest breakout star of the Class of 2017. He went from being targeted as a mid-major recruit to being a potential top ten player in the class with a good shot at landing on the McDonald’s all-american team.
The ten schools, per ESPN: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State and Villanova.
What’s interesting here is that neither Duke or Kentucky make the list. Both programs have been involved with Sexton since he was named MVP of the USA U17 world champion team, but neither has offered a scholarship to date.
Creighton added another piece to the puzzle over the weekend as former UCLA commit Kobe Paras announced that he will be a Bluejay in college.
The 6-foot-6 Paras originally signed with the Bruins out of high school, but he did not enroll at the university due to an academic issue.
Paras will join Davion Mintz in Creighton’s freshman class, but the Bluejays will also add Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster, a former all-Big 12 talent, and Justin Patton, a redshirt freshman and former top 50 recruit, to the mix. With Mo Watson already on the roster, Creighton has a borderline top 25 roster this season.
A native of the Phillipines, Paras is the son of a Filipino basketball legend and actor, Benjie Paras.
The worst kept secret in college basketball recruiting has now become official: Michael Porter Jr. will be playing his (presumably) one-and-done season at Washington.
Porter is a consensus top five recruit in the Class of 2017 and a guy that some believe is the best player in a pretty solid class and is fresh off of a dominating performance at Peach Jam, where he led his MoKan Elite team to the title while averaged 26 points and 11 boards.
A 6-foot-9 wing forward, Porter is a ridiculous athlete with three-point range and the ability to thrive in transition. He needs to get stronger, he needs to get quicker and he needs to get better handling the ball, but his physical tools and his perimeter skill set makes him an ideal prospect to be a position-less, small-ball defender down the road.
The reason I say that Porter’s commitment is the worst-kept secret in recruiting is that his father was hired by Lorenzo Romar as an assistant coach earlier this spring. His brother, a top 100 player in the Class of 2018, is committed to Washington and the family is currently in the process of relocating to Seattle.
(We went in depth on Porter as a prospect at the 24:45 mark of the podcast below.)
This will be the second consecutive season that Romar has landed one of the best players in a recruiting class; he’s bringing Markelle Fultz, who is the potential No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, into his program next season. That’s impressive, but it also puts some pressure on him. Romar has two players picked in the first round this past season and has had five first round picks in the last five years. He hasn’t gotten to the NCAA tournament once during that stretch and has been to the NIT just three times.
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Peyton Manning was one of the many people that showed up at Thompson Boling Arena to pay their respects to Pat Summitt, the legendary Tennessee women’s coach who passed away from Alzheimer’s on June 30th.
You can see the full remembrance below, but Manning’s speech begins at the 52:04 mark:
John Calipari sent a letter and an autographed picture to the three young children of a Kentucky fan that has been missing for nearly two weeks.
In a story that has made some national headlines, Bobby Jones and his girlfriend, Crystal Warner, went missing after checking on the tenant of a rental property on July 3rd. Their car has since been found abandoned in Georgetown, Kentucky, and the tenant, Craig Pennington, has been arrested and charged with murder.
Their bodies have not been recovered, although witnesses told police that they saw Pennington shoot and kill the couple, according to CBS News.
Jones has three young boys: Parker, Ryder and Gunner.
This is the letter, via Nation of Blue, that Cal sent to the children:
According to NoB, a search party will be organized in Winchester, Kentucky, for Saturday morning in an effort to find the couple. The address is as follows:
Mt. Zion Christian Church
3631 Combs Ferry Road
Winchester KY 40391